Bizfest 2016 - Inspiring Success - 20th October 2016
The South East Local Enterprise Offices as part of the Local Authorities in partnership Bank of Ireland & Enterprise Ireland are delighted to invite you and your network of contacts to Bizfest 2016.
Bizfest was born out of a desire to connect business people together to assist in developing a business like yours in 2016. Bizfest is a business networking event featuring a panel of unique business people who have experience on the local, national and international stage. Now in its fifth year the 2015 event attracted over 350 business people from across Ireland.
Bizfest has 3 elements. The first element is the exhibition area which introduces you to products and services which may benefit your business; the second is the panel event which gives you the opportunity to hear from industry experts about how to energize your business into 2017; third is networking over lunch in the award winning Lyrath Hotel, Kilkenny.
20th October 2016
Lyrath Hotel , Kilkenny
Free of Charge Event – Booking Essential
Bookings close: 14th October 2016this event:
11.00am Registration Opens / Exhibition Area
11.45am Opening words by Colette Byrne
Chief Executive, Kilkenny County Council
12.15pm Orla Battersby, Enterprise Ireland
12.25pm Panel Event with Richard Curran
1.25pm Closing words by David Merriman,
Head of Enterprise Bank of Ireland
1.30pm Lunch and Networking
Richard Curran is an award-winning business journalist, broadcaster and author. He presents The Business on RTE Radio One every Saturday and is also a columnist with Independent News & Media. Richard is the presenter of Dragons’ Den on RTE Television and his TV documentaries for RTE include, Future Shock: Property Crash in 2007, Inside Nationwide in 2013 and The Battle for Rural Ireland in 2015. He is a former deputy editor of The Sunday Business Post.
Panel & Speakers
Orla Battersby – Enterprise Ireland
Orla Battersby has recently been appointed as Head of Enterprise Ireland’s High Potential Start-Up Division which supports ambitious entrepreneurs who are focused on international markets and have the prospects of achieving annual sales of over €1m and employing 10 or more people within a 3 – 4 year timeframe. Previously, Orla held a number of senior positions in Enterprise Ireland, most recently as Enterprise Ireland’s Territory Director for North America, based in New York. She has also led Enterprise Ireland’s Client Management Development Department which runs Leadership and Management Programmes for Enterprise Ireland clients. Prior to that, Orla held positions within Enterprise Ireland as Head of Policy and Head of Education in Ireland, the umbrella brand used to promote Ireland’s higher education to international students. Orla has served on a number of internal Enterprise Ireland committees including the R&D Committee, the Finance and Operations Committee and the Industrial Research & Commercialisation Committee. She has also served on a number of Irish Government Advisory Boards. Orla is originally from Co. Dublin, is a graduate of DIT where she studied Marketing and has recently completed a Masters in Business Practice with the Irish Management Institute/UCC.
Ann O’ Brien – Kent Stainless
Ann O’Brien has enjoyed a varied career with Kent Stainless, a company which creates bespoke, own design stainless steel and infrastructural products for architectural clients and for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and food industry. Having begun in the company’s finance department, to heading up the HR department and tackling all its issues she is now Managing Director. Kent Stainless has revolutionised its production strategy since its inception in 1982 and Ann’s role has evolved with it. She oversaw the growth of Kent Stainless’s staff from 70 to over 100 employees, two acquisitions, (one of which involved a factory move from Dublin to Wexford) and the introduction of team work and team leaders.
Ann recognises that success is never achieved in isolation. Ann believes every individual has played their part, especially the management team. Kent Stainless has received a lot of support from local bodies and from the company’s local professional advisors. But it is the drive and determination of every individual involved in Kents which has assured the company’s success.
Michael Hoyne, Merlyn Showering
Michael Hoyne is Founder of Merlyn Showering, a Kilkenny based Bathroom Company which specialises in premium shower enclosures and trays. Since inception in 2000, Merlyn has grown to be the No.1 shower enclosure company in Ireland and the UK and has designed ranges for different markets across Ireland, UK, Russia and the Middle East. The Merlyn business has been built by offering an innovative, quality range of products, supported by industry leading customer service. Michael and his team estimate that over 5 million people have a Merlyn Showering experience every day, they want to make it 50 million.
Philip Martin - Blanco Niño
Philip Martin is the founder of the Blanco Nino Tortilleria based in Clonmel, County Tipperary. Blanco Nino manufactures tortillas and chips using a traditional Mexican process which are then frozen for sale into the food service market via a range of distributors targeting restaurants/cafes/Mexican eateries. Products are currently being sold throughout Ireland, UK, Finland and Germany. Philip was National Winner of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur 2014 in the Best New Idea Category and he is personally listed as one of Ireland’s 30 under 30s by the Irish Independent and brains behind the execution of Ireland’s most successful ever crowd-funding campaign.
Mark Cradock – Maven TM
Mark has worked in the sales and marketing arena for technology companies for nearly 20 years, and was previously General Manager of TSL, helping the company to grow from its start-up roots in Carlow to a €20M revenue global company. In 2011, Mark identified opportunities for tech companies to buck the trend of the recession and grow their businesses, and started up Maven TM. With all of its operations proudly based in Carlow, the company has enjoyed impressive growth and provides demand generation, inside sales and market research services to companies in over 23 countries, ranging from small ‘cool’ companies to global giants.
Cian Ó Maidín - nearForm
Cian is an entrepreneur from Tramore in county Waterford. Cian co-founded nearForm in 2011. NearForm is now the number 1. Independent Node.js consulting company in the world, with a HQ in Tramore. nearForm is a global company, and all customers are outside of Ireland, spread across Europe, Canada and the United States. Currently nearForm are growing at more than 100% year-on-year with 100 staff across Europe and USA. The underlying belief at nearForm is that Irish technology is worldclass and that nearForm can be one of the market defining companies in the cloud revolution. Cian is passionate and views his career as a vocation and not a job, and is a family man, married to an amazing woman, and has 3 young kids.